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Experienced Hartford Child Support Lawyer

Helping Connecticut parents provide for their children

Whether parents are divorcing or separating, or were never married to begin with, they both have a responsibility to financially support their children until they turn 19 years old. Child support payments can be a contentious issue for parents. At Carlo Forzani LLC, we represent clients seeking to establish a child support payment system, to enforce or collect on unpaid child support, or to modify existing arrangements.

What does child support cover?

Child support payments are meant to cover a broad range of a child’s expenses, including the following:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Shelter
  • Cost of health insurance
  • Medical costs for care not covered by insurance
  • Educational costs
  • Childcare
  • Travel and transportation
  • Entertainment costs
  • Cost of extracurricular activities

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Any other costs a child might incur in daily life can fall under child support as well. Furthermore, under family law in Connecticut, parents may even be required to pay college costs as part of child support.

How is child support determined?

In Hartford and throughout the state of Connecticut, the law provides clear guidelines for calculating the amount of child support due and which parent pays it. Typically, the primary custodian of the child receives an amount from the noncustodial parent that takes into account a number of factors, including each parent’s net income and the child’s needs. The formula is complicated, so it is important to consult a child support lawyer throughout the process.

Child support modification and enforcement

Parents may wish to modify their arrangement if their financial circumstances or the circumstances and/or the needs of a child change. Under Connecticut child support laws, a number of circumstances warrant modification, including the unforeseen health needs of a child, the increased expenses of a child as he or she grows older, a change in the custody arrangement or another post divorce modification.

The state also provides methods for child support enforcement and collecting on outstanding payments. These include wage garnishment, license suspension, holding the parent who owes in contempt of court or sentencing him or her to jail.

Talk to a trusted Hartford attorney today for help with child support

At Carlo Forzani LLC, we assist clients with a wide range of child support needs. Whether you are seeking the modification or enforcement of an existing arrangement, or want to learn how to file for child support in Connecticut, call us at 860-841-5808 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.